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  • New Global Directors Join the 2018-2019 HFTP Board

    The HFTP 2018-2019 Global Board of Directors was installed during the association's 2018 Annual Convention and introduces new directors Toni Bau, Carson Booth, CHTP and Mark Fancourt. These extensive director profiles give insight into the distinguished professions and personal goals of HFTP's newest association leaders.

  • Members Only: 2018 HFTP Compensation and Benefits Report

    By Tanya Venegas, MBA, MHM, CHIA. Results to the biannual survey conducted by Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP). Information includes data on compensation and benefits trends for finance and technology professionals in the club and lodging industries.

  • Primary Club Metrics

    Survey results identify which metrics are most often used to determine performance. By Agnes DeFranco, Ed.D., CHAE; Tanya Venegas, MBA, MHM, CHIA; and Amanda Belarmino

  • Job Description Template: Club Accounting Positions

    The HFTP Americas Research Center has developed example job descriptions for club accounting positions. The process involved reviewing sample job descriptions, and compiling the information into standardized job descriptions.

Kennedy Wilson Sells the Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe for $120 Million

Hotel Online·16 January 2019
Global real estate investment company Kennedy Wilson (NYSE:KW) announced today the sale of the Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe for $120 million. In December, the company also sold a portfolio of hotels located across the U.K. for $54 million. A cash profit of $73 million to Kennedy Wilson was generated over the lifetime of the two investments.

sbe, in Partnership With PPG Development Group, to Rebrand Former Diplomat Golf & Tennis Club to SLS Resort Residence & Marina Hallandale Beach

Hotel Online· 5 November 2018
sbe, a leading international hospitality group that develops, manages and operates award-winning global hospitality brands, today announced a partnership with PPG Development and its principal Ari Pearl to continue expansion of the SLS brand in South Florida with SLS Resort Residence & Marina Hallandale Beach. This announcement comes on the heels of AccorHotels' recent acquisition of a 50% stake in sbe.

Club Med to stamp out single-use plastic at resorts globally by 2019·26 September 2018
Having removed plastic straws from its eight Asian resorts, all-inclusive holiday resort operator Club Med has doubled-down, pledging to remove single-use plastic straws from all of its resorts globally by next year.

Banyan Tree group's club for mini travelers·29 August 2018
The Banyan Tree group has just launched Rangers’ Club, a program for its guests’ children! This new club, with Felly the Turtle, a sea turtle with an impressive story, as its mascot, replaces the current Kids’ Club and will be rolled out at all the brand's addresses and Angsana establishments between now and January 2019.

HFTP to Host Inaugural, Invitation-Only Club Forum in Sarasota, Florida This Month

HFTP ·11 July 2018
Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP) is hosting its inaugural HFTP Club Forum on July 28, 2018 at the Sarasota Westin in Sarasota, Florida USA - immediately following HFTP's Florida Regional Conference that is taking place from July 25-27, 2018 at the same location. HFTP's Club Forum is an executive-level event designed to provide club professionals with the opportunity to connect with industry peers, share ideas and discuss hot topics.The invitation-only event will be facilitated by Dr. Larry Ross, emeritus professor and former Anne and Bill France Distinguished Professor of Business in the Barney Barnett School of Business and Free Enterprise at Florida Southern College in Lakeland, Florida. The focus of this year's event is the Uniform System of Financial Reporting for Clubs. Attendees will have the opportunity to discuss the strengths and weaknesses, as well as, suggest changes and additions for the upcoming revised version."HFTP is excited to host this executive-level event for club professionals," said HFTP CEO Frank Wolfe. "Designed with intent to explore pressing industry issues, the HFTP Club Forum will serve as another great networking and educational opportunity for its club attendees."Attendees will be able to earn up to eight hours of continuing education credits at the HFTP Club Forum - a link for the CPE reporting will be provided at the conference.Online registration is open for the HFTP Florida Regional Conference, which precedes the HFTP Club Forum. HFTP is no longer accepting applications to register to attend the HFTP Club Forum. In addition, HFTP has several upcoming events. The HFTP Annual Convention is October 24-26, 2018 at the Omni Louisville Hotel in Louisville, Kentucky USA. HITEC Dubai will take place December 5-6 at the Madinat Jumeirah in Dubai, UAE. And HITEC Europe is April 10-11, 2019 at Palau de Congressos in Palma (Mallorca) Spain. HITEC Minneapolis is June 17-20, 2019 at the Minneapolis Convention Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota USA.For additional information about HFTP Club Forum, contact Linnet Baskett, director of club engagement & regionals at HFTP. For more information about HFTP's international events, visit and or contact the HFTP Meetings & Special Events Department at HFTP Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP), established in 1952, is a hospitality nonprofit association headquartered in Austin, Texas USA with offices in Hong Kong, United Kingdom, The Netherlands and Dubai. HFTP is recognized as the spokes group for the finance and technology segments of the hospitality industry with an international network of members and stakeholders. HFTP uniquely understands the industry's pressing issues, and assists its stakeholders in finding solutions to their challenges more efficiently than any organization. HFTP offers expert networks, educational resources, career development programs, research, leadership opportunities and conferences and events. HFTP produces international events throughout the year, including the world's largest hospitality technology tradeshow and conference brand: HITEC. The association also owns the world's only hospitality-specific search engine: For more information about HFTP, visit the latest news, visit the HFTP News page at and the HFTP Connect blog at HFTP on social media: Facebook (@HFTPGlobal); LinkedIn; Twitter (@HFTP); Instagram (@HFTP_HITEC). Stay tuned to HFTP's industry-specific, informational news sites: HFTP News, HITEC Bytes, HFTP Club Bytes, HFTP Finance Bytes, HFTP GDPR Bytes and HFTP FB Bytes. HFTP event photos are available on Flickr, and HFTP event videos are available on YouTube.###

Primus Hotel Sydney has launched Club Primus·18 May 2018
Primus Hotel Sydney has launched Club Primus, an all new rewards program that offers members a number of benefits across its dining and luxury accommodation offerings. The post Primus Hotel Sydney has launched Club Primus appeared first on Hotel Management.

Apply Today to Attend the HFTP Club Forum

HFTP ·11 May 2018
HFTP would like to cordially invite you to apply to attend the HFTP Club Forum, July 28, 2018 at the Sarasota Westin Hotel in Sarasota, FL USA. This executive-level event is designed to provide club professionals with the opportunity to connect with industry peers, share ideas and discuss hot topics. The main focus will be the Uniform System of Financial Reporting for Clubs. Attendees will suggest changes and additions for the revised version. There is no fee to attend but seating is limited. Club professionals are invited to complete the application to attend. Applicants will be notified by June 28, 2018 whether or not they are selected to attend this event.Your Registration Includes:- Complimentary registration to the HFTP Club Forum- Breakfast and lunch on July 28- Opportunities to earn CPEApplication Deadline: May 31, 2018For more information about the HFTP Club Forum: Linnet Baskett, Director of Club Engagement & Regionals, Phone: +1 (512) 220-4018. We hope to see you to Sarasota, FL USA!Event Website>

Diamond Resorts completes acquisition of Amber Vacation Club· 4 April 2018
Diamond Resorts™, a global leader in the hospitality and vacation ownership industries, announced today that it has acquired the Amber Vacation Club and related assets, adding two locations to Diamond Resorts’ growing portfolio of properties. Amber Vacation Club was established in 1994 and has approximately 13,500 owners. As part of the acquisition, Diamond Resorts will assume operations at Amber’s managed resorts: Sunrise Ridge Resort in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee and Alhambra Villas and the neighbouring resort of Alhambra at Poinciana in Kissimmee, Florida.

The Culinary Insider: September 5, 2017

American Culinary Federation·18 September 2017
We have all seen and heard about the devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey. Our thoughts and prayers are with each person affected by the catastrophe. The well-being of our members is very important to us and we wanted to provide an update on disaster relief efforts and how ACF chefs can help.

Park Plaza London Waterloo bought via a club deal transaction for EUR182 million

·30 June 2017
Freshly opened, the London hotel is changing hands for €181.8 million, as its was just acquired by varied pension funds via a club deal transaction. The Park Plaza London Waterloo hotel has just been purchased for €181.8 million (£160 million). The transaction was made via a club deal agreement by several pension funds, which concluded the operation through the broker's investment vehicle. The upscale hotel, which features 497 rooms and a living room, a bar, a café, a spa, a fitness centre with a swimming pool and six meeting rooms, had just opened its doors in London's South Bank district, near the city centre of the British capital.

New resort proposed for Western Sydney·14 February 2017
A proposal has been submitted for a new 11-storey resort hotel at Twin Creeks Golf and Country Club. The post New resort proposed for Western Sydney appeared first on Hotel Management.

Anantara Vacation Club Enters Dubai

Anantara ·13 January 2017
Anantara Vacation Club, Asia's leading luxury shared ownership concept for discerning travellers, has announced that its Club Developer entity has secured access to luxury apartment units at Anantara The Palm Dubai Resort for its Club Points Owners to enjoy."With this first step, we will be able to meet our Club Points Owners' growing demand for inventory in the Middle East" said Maurizio Bisicky, Chief Commercial Officer. Plans for a larger Anantara Vacation Club presence in the booming metropolis are under way and contingent on the release of a timeshare law.The region generates over USD 121 billion in tourism revenue per year, attracting travellers from around the globe with its unique culture and exotic charm. With over 12 million tourists having visited Dubai in 2016, the city has firmly positioned itself as the most popular holiday destination in the Middle East and one ripe with potential for the shared holiday ownership industry.Set on an archipelago of man-made islands on Dubai's scenic coastline, Anantara The Palm Dubai Resort offers a truly indulgent urban escape. Characterized by traditional Thai architecture in a distinctly Arabic setting, the resort provides the unmistakable five-star hospitality that the Anantara brand has come to be known for. Guests can enjoy easy access to the city's many highlights - including the Mall of the Emirates, Dubai Marina and the Palm Jumeirah - or indulge in a relaxing holiday by the turquoise waters and beach on-site.The apartment suites secured by the Club Developer within Anantara The Palm Dubai Resort will be available to all Club Points Owners for stays starting from 1 February 2017. Bookings will be accepted for the remainder of 2017 for the time being.The Club Developer plans to further expand its foothold in the Middle East in 2017, and has recently appointed Andrea Danieli as its Business Development Director for the region. Prior to his appointment, Andrea has held management roles across the EMEA region with Marriott Vacation Club.

Arizona's CopperWynd Resort & Club Names Jeremy Dougherty General Manager

Hotel Online· 7 December 2016
CopperWynd Resort & Club has named veteran Valley of the Sun hotel leader Jeremy Dougherty general manager. Dougherty comes to CopperWynd from Sanctuary Camelback Mountain Resort & Spa where he was general manager. Immediately before that, he was opening general manager at the Graduate Hotel Tempe. Earlier in his career, Dougherty had worked at Sanctuary - as resort manager and, before that, revenue and reservations manager. He also had served as director of guest operations at Hotel Valley Ho in Scottsdale.

APH proves it's easy (and perhaps more affordablethan you might have thought) to join the 'fly high' club

·22 November 2016
Booking a seat on a private jet is becoming increasingly easy thanks to a surge in private-sharing services and subscription-based private airline memberships. Airport Parking and Hotels (APH), the airport parking specialists, is therefore helping savvy travellers join the ‘fly high’ club by comparing the private jet booking websites and apps.

Squaring the Circle: We're Working On It!

Hotel Online· 6 October 2016
All the interest politicians are showing in Tourism, particularly as the next elections approach, has produced two figures: 7% of the GDP, which is far from naught, and 2 million direct or indirect jobs, the first characteristic of which suggests that they cannot be relocated. But can we be so certain?

Dominick Laudia, CEC, AAC, Receives National Dr. L.J. Minor Chef Professionalism Award at the 2016 American Culinary Federation National Convention

American Culinary Federation·25 August 2016
Dominick Laudia, CEC, AAC, executive chef at Boca Grove Golf and Tennis Club, Boca Raton, Florida, was honored by the American Culinary Federation (ACF) with the national Dr. L.J. Minor Chef Professionalism Award. Laudia received the award during the Chef Professionalism Dinner at Cook. Craft. Create. Convention & Show held in Phoenix, July 15-19.

HFTP Launches New Club-focused News Site: HFTP Club Bytes

HFTP ·21 July 2016
Leading global nonprofit hospitality association, Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP(r)), announced today the launch of its new club-focused news site: HFTP Club Bytes. Produced by HFTP and powered by Hsyndicate, HFTP Club Bytes is a club-specific news source that features the latest, trending club news from across the globe, and is an added benefit for HFTP members and the hospitality industry at large.Branching off from the association's recently-launched, technology news site, HITEC Bytes, HFTP Club Bytes will serve as an essential source of club industry information and ideas for club professionals and organizations across the globe. Similar to HITEC Bytes, this new cross-platform site is an aggregated content destination that features club-specific articles, publications, blogs, reports, photos, videos, white papers and more."HFTP is dedicated to providing essential tools and resources to the industry sectors we represent," said HFTP CEO Frank Wolfe, CAE. "We are currently building on our club-related resources and information via PineappleSearch and HFTP Club Bytes. In addition, HFTP is hosting its first Club Digital Learning Day this fall."HFTP is renowned by the global hospitality industry as an educator for industry professionals. Devoted to its members and the hospitality industry at large, HFTP continues to produce new, essential tools and progress its existing resources."We enjoy working with HFTP and helping to create essential hospitality resources," said Henri Roelings, CEO and founder at Hsyndicate. "HFTP's online news portfolio, built on Hsyndicate components, is growing rapidly after launching last October, HITEC Bytes last May and now HFTP Club Bytes--this is only the beginning."HFTP Club Bytes offers an outlet for organizations to publish their news and/or content to reach a network of thousands of industry professionals across the globe. The global platform allows users to reach highly targeted audience-segments within their designated industry fields. Registered users receive the additional benefit of having their content published to both the HFTP Club Bytes site as well as tuned to HFTP/HITEC, PineappleSearch, HITEC Bytes, HFTP Club Bytes, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter (@HFTP) and Instagram (HFTP_HITEC) for the latest news. For those interested in advertising on HFTP Club Bytes, please contact For more information, visit and HFTP Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP(r)) is a global nonprofit hospitality association, headquartered in Austin, Texas, USA, that uniquely understands the industry's problems. HFTP has over 5,300 members and several thousand stakeholders across the globe. HFTP assists its members in finding solutions to industry problems more efficiently than any organization via its expert networks, research, conferences such as HITEC and certification programs. HFTP also owns the world's only hospitality specific search engine, HFTP is recognized as the spokes group for the finance and technology segment of the hospitality. For more information about HFTP, e-mail

Second Galveston Resort Joins The Holiday Inn Club Vacations(r) Brand

IHG ·20 June 2016
The Holiday Inn Club Vacations(r) brand, developed and exclusively operated by Orange Lake Holdings through a marketing alliance with InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG), announced today the addition of the 230-villa Galveston Seaside Resort to the Holiday Inn Club Vacations brand portfolio. The Holiday Inn Club Vacations brand now includes 22 resorts with more than 6,900 villas in 12 states. A new sales center is also under construction at the resort, which will provide additional Holiday Inn Club(r) sales opportunities in the Texas market.The resort joins the Holiday Inn Club Vacations brand as part of the 2015 purchase of Silverleaf Resorts by Orange Lake Holdings. This included a portfolio of 13 properties, enabling the company to introduce the brand into many new markets as part of its western expansion goals."This is another great accomplishment by our team. We now have two fantastic resort properties located in Galveston, Texas, that our Holiday Inn Club members and owners will soon be able to visit with their families," said Don Harrill, CEO of Orange Lake Holdings. "By the end of the year, we will add another resort in Holly Lake Ranch, which will bring our total to seven properties in Texas.""Our growth in Texas is incredible. These new resorts will provide our Holiday Inn Club members with new experiences for travel around the state. The Holiday Inn Club Vacations Galveston Seaside Resort property adds another beach destination option and includes a new beachfront building that we expect to open this fall for our guests," said Tom Nelson, president and COO of Orange Lake Holdings. "By the end of the year, we will have branded 13 new resorts and added seven new sales centers to our brand. And we're not done growing."The Holiday Inn Club Vacations Galveston Seaside Resort property in Galveston, Texas, is located on one of the most desirable beach destinations in the state. The resort is a short drive to Galveston Island State Park, Schlitterbahn Galveston Island Waterpark and includes top-rated accommodations and amenities. All villas are appointed with fully equipped kitchens and spacious living areas. Resort amenities include: an outdoor pool, cafe, outdoor sports courts, sand volleyball, mini golf, arcade, and an activity center.The Holiday Inn Club Vacations brand is part of IHG's diverse family of brands in nearly 100 countries and territories. The scale and diversity of the IHG family of brands means that its hotels can meet guests' needs whatever the occasion - whether an overnight getaway, a business trip, a family celebration or a once-in-a-lifetime experience. The Holiday Inn Club Vacations brand participates in IHG(r) Rewards Club. The industry's first and largest hotel rewards program is free, and guests can enroll at, by downloading the IHG(r) App, by calling 1-888-211-9874 or by inquiring at the front desk of any of IHG's more than 5,000 hotels worldwide

Holiday Inn Club Vacations Brand To Double Its Resort Properties And Add Seven Sales Centers In Four New States

IHG ·24 May 2016
ORLANDO, FLA. -- The Holiday Inn Club Vacations brand, developed and exclusively operated by Orange Lake Holdings through a first-of-its-kind marketing alliance with InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG), is experiencing a historic growth period - doubling its resort properties and sales centers as it continues to rebrand Silverleaf Resorts as Holiday Inn Club Vacations resort properties. Acquired on May 20, 2015, the 13 additional properties increase the Holiday Inn Club Vacations resort network to 26 properties now located across 12 states with more than 7,400 vacation villas. Eight of these resorts have been branded in the last six months, with five properties scheduled to join the vacation ownership network by the end of 2016. Six new sales centers in four states have also been added to the brand's sales network and by the end of the year another sales center will be bring the total number to 14 in nine states."Very few vacation ownership brands have attempted to do what we have done in such a short time period." said Don Harrill, CEO of Orange Lake Holdings. "Our team has worked around the clock this past year to bring the business units, team members and resorts into our network, and we're not stopping there. We've added six new sales centers in four new markets and we are continually identifying new opportunities to further expand our resort network and Club product offering. Every milestone we hit demonstrates our brand's history and commitment that our founder Kemmons Wilson set - to provide new and unique family vacation experiences for our owners and guests." Kemmons Wilson, the man known as America's Innkeeper and creator of the Holiday Inn brand, opened his first timeshare property-Orange Lake Resort-in 1982. In 2008, the Holiday Inn Club Vacations brand was born out of Kemmons Wilson's vision for family vacations when IHG and Orange Lake Holdings entered into a historic marketing alliance. In just eight short years, Holiday Inn Club Vacations has become one of the largest vacation ownership brands, more than tripling its ownership base from 110,000 owners to more than 340,000 owners and club members in 2016.Prior to 2008, Orange Lake Holdings' vacation ownership brand included four resorts totalling 2,640 villas. Additionally, the Holiday Inn Club Vacations employee base has grown significantly from 3,000 employees in early 2015 to more than 6,000 team members across the county today."This has been an exciting time for the Holiday Inn Club Vacations brand. We set out on a journey eight years ago to expand our resort network with a recognized world-leader in the hospitality industry - IHG. We've accomplished this by offering a fantastic points based Club product, a network of great resorts and employing the best people in the industry," said Tom Nelson, president and COO of Orange Lake Holdings. "The Holiday Inn Club Vacations brand was built on providing great vacation experiences, not just the sticks and bricks. People buy from us for the vacation experience and that's how we sell and market - for our members to spend quality time together. We continue to build upon our core values. Our goal is to be the best and most recognized vacation ownership brand in the business, and we know we're well on our way to achieving it."Three Silverleaf Resort properties were branded prior to the end of 2015 including: Holiday Inn Club Vacations Fox River Resort, Holiday Inn Club Vacations Oak n' Spruce Resort, and Holiday Inn Club Vacations Apple Mountain. Five additional resorts have joined the resort family since April 14 of this year: Holiday Inn Club Vacations Piney Shores, Holiday Inn Club Vacations Holiday Hills Resort, Holiday Inn Club Vacations Orlando Breeze, Holiday Inn Club Vacations Hill Country Resort, and Holiday Inn Club Vacations Villages Resort. Five more properties will join the brand by December 2016 including: Galveston Seaside Resort, located in Galveston, Texas; Lake o' the Woods Resort, located in Flint, Texas; Timber Creek Resort, located in De Soto, Missouri; Holly Lake Resort, located in Holly Lake Ranch, Texas; and Ozark Mountain Resort, located in Kimberling City, Missouri.The Holiday Inn Club Vacations brand is part of IHG's diverse family of brands in nearly 100 countries and territories. The scale and diversity of the IHG family of brands means that its hotels can meet guests' needs whatever the occasion - whether an overnight getaway, a business trip, a family celebration or a once-in-a-lifetime experience. The Holiday Inn Club Vacations brand participates in IHG Rewards Club. The industry's first and largest hotel rewards program is free, and guests can enroll at, by downloading the IHG App, by calling 1-888-211-9874 or by inquiring at the front desk of any of IHG's more than 5,000 hotels worldwide.About Orange Lake Holdings, LLP Orange Lake Holdings is the parent company of Orange Lake Resorts and Silverleaf Resorts, encompassing 26 resorts and 7,400 villas in the U.S., with over 340,000 timeshare owners and 6,000+ employees. Orange Lake Resorts, a leader within the vacation ownership industry with more than three decades of proven success, operates the Holiday Inn Club Vacations brand. It was created in 2008 through a strategic alliance with IHG (InterContinental Hotels Group), one of the world's leading hotel companies. The Holiday Inn Club Vacations flagship property in Orlando, Fla., located next to the Walt Disney World Resort, was established in 1982 by Holiday Inn brand founder Kemmons Wilson. The brand operates 21 resorts across 12 states. For more information on Holiday Inn Club Vacations or to book reservations, visit Find us on Facebook at or Twitter at

Country Club Members Are Bearing the Brunt of the Golf Recession

Bloomberg ·13 May 2016
Across the verdurous fairways of the New Seabury Country Club lies a golfer's utopia, with stirring ocean views and osprey racing overhead. Inside the clubhouse lurks rebellion.Members are suing the Carl Icahn-owned resort on Cape Cod, accusing managers of scheming to raise fees and call a halt to refunds on millions in initiation payments. The plaintiffs are also angry about what they describe as strong-arm tactics and cold indifference to attempts to broker compromise."It is the unprincipled bullying we object to," said Bruce Lehman, a retired advertising executive who is on the Members Rights Committee. "If we were just to cave, what's to stop them from doing it again and again?"Well, they're doing it around the country. In clubs large and small, the rules of belonging are in upheaval for the dimpled-ball set. The popularity of the Masters and other tourneys notwithstanding, courses are closing at the rate of 150 a year. The number of duffers is down to 25 million from 30 million a decade ago. Golf is just not hot, especially since the apparent end of the Tiger Woods glory days, and the old club model doesn't work so well anymore.

9 Hotel Waterpark Resorts Coming to Colorado

Hotel Online·10 May 2016
Water is a precious resource. We drink it to hydrate our bodies. We irrigate our farms with it to grow food. We run our factories with it. We play in it for recreation. And we develop waterparks to attract tourists and vitalize our economy. In Colorado, where a lot of water originates in high country, there’s even a water court and a judge to balance all these demands for water. Developers have to know a lot about water in order to get a project approved in Colorado. While Colorado may have lagged behind the national boom in indoor waterparks, whitewater river parks and hotel waterpark resorts, suddenly there are 9 projects under construction, in development or being planned.

Dr. Bryan K. Williams Selected as a Guest Speaker for CMAA 89th World Conference On Club Management

Hotel Online· 4 February 2016
The Club Managers Association of America (CMAA) has selected Dr. Bryan K. Williams to be a guest speaker at its annual conference. The 89th World Conference on Club Management and Club Business Expo is designed for the professional managers of membership clubs. This year, it will be held in San Diego, CA, February 21-25. “Your presentation and program are impressive. We feel that your message is an excellent one for our members,” said David McCabe, Senior Director of Education for CMAA.

After Operating for More than a Half-Century, Uncle Billy's Hilo Bay Hotel, Hilo, HA to Close

Hotel Online· 8 January 2016
Jan. 08--Uncle Billy's Hilo Bay Hotel will cease operating Feb. 1 after more than a half-century on Banyan Drive. Hotel operations will continue fully staffed through Jan. 31. The adjacent Uncle Billy's General Store will operate into February. The closures will result in the layoffs of 27 hotel employees and 10 store workers. The land under the hotel will revert back to the state Department of Land and Natural Resources when all four parcel leases expire March 14. The abrupt hotel closure marks the end of an era in which mom-and-pop hotels dominated Hilo's tourism scene. But Hawaii island leaders say it's also the best chance to usher in a new future that returns historic Banyan Drive to its former glory. During the steamship days of the 1940s and 1950s, tourism officials say, Hilo's close proximity to the volcanoes attracted more tourists than Waikiki. A previous state requirement for carriers outside Hawaii to fly to both Hilo and Honolulu further opened up the market. But the openi

USTA and UCF's Rosen College Announce Educational Partnership for Professional Tennis Management

UCF · 6 January 2016
from local communities to the highest level of the professional game. A not-for-profit organization with more than 720,000 members, it invests 100% of its proceeds in growing the game. It owns and operates the US Open, the highest-attended annual sporting event in the world, and launched the Emirates Airline US Open Series, linking eight summer tournaments to the US Open. In addition, it owns approximately 90 Pro Circuit events throughout the U.S. and selects the teams for the Davis Cup, Fed Cup, Olympic and Paralympic Games. The USTA's philanthropic entity, the USTA Foundation, provides grants and scholarships and helps under-resourced youth and individuals with disabilities, and supports wounded, ill and injured service members, veterans and their families. For more information on the USTA, log on to, "like" the official Facebook page,, or follow @usta on Twitter.

News: Club Med brings Google Street View to Maldives

·24 November 2015
Holiday company Club Med has launched partnered with Google Street View to bring prospective holiday makers up close and personal in the Maldives. With an ever expanding reach, Google Street View has helped people explore searing deserts, the deep cold of Antarctica as well as the depths of the Grand Canyon. And now Club Med have brought this amazing technology to the tiny island nation of the Maldives. A world first, Club Med have released Street View Trusted imagery for their flagship five hectare resort, Finolhu Villas.

PolyU Collaborates with Professional Bodies to Launch Club Managers' Association SHTM Student Chapter

Hong Kong Poly ·20 October 2015
The School of Hotel and Tourism Management (SHTM) of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University launched the first student club in club management in Hong Kong on 9 October 2015. The Club Managers' Association SHTM Student Chapter collaborates with the Club Managers' Association of Hong Kong (CMAHK) and Club Managers' Association China Chapter, the professional bodies based in Hong Kong and Mainland China representing the interests of club managers of their regions.Joining the inauguration ceremony held at the SHTM's training restaurant Bistro 1979 were Mr Richard Coate, Vice President of CMA Hong Kong and General Manager of Hong Kong Cricket Club; Dr Alwyn Tai, CMA China Chapter President; Mr Robert Blythe, General Manager of Gold Coast Yacht and Country Club; Mr Noel Burns, General Manager of United Services Recreation Club; Mr Mark Gailey, General Manager of Hong Kong Golf Club Deep Water Bay; Mr Greg Hartigan, General Manager of Kowloon Cricket Club; Mr Neill Morgan, General Manager of Jewish Community Centre; Mr Fritz Sommerau, retired General Manager of Pacific Club and Mr Steven Tan, General Manager of Hong Kong Jockey Club."The establishment of the SHTM Student Chapter is a joint initiative of CMAHK, CMA China Chapter and the School," remarked Mr Ryan Smith, the School's Faculty Advisor of the SHTM Student Chapter. "The private club industry is a large industry in the world and thriving in Asia. The new Student Chapter provides a platform for SHTM students to network with their peers and industry professionals. They can enhance their understanding of the private club industry through participation in site visits, seminars and other activities," he observed.With the generous support of CMAHK, one student member will be offered a scholarship in the amount of HK$30,000. Designed for students who are interested in pursuing a career in club management, the scholarship provides funding for students to attend conferences organised by Club Managers' Association of America.This marks yet another recognition of the world-class standing of the SHTM as well as the rising importance of hospitality education in Asia and the world. Addressing guests attending the ceremony, Professor Kaye Chon, Dean and Chair Professor of the SHTM and Walter Kwok Foundation Professor in International Hospitality Management said, "Through this platform, the SHTM will further contribute to the effort in facilitating the education and professional development of industry practitioners and, in turn, help enhance the professional standard for related disciplines."


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